Today saw the new EU VAT rules featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ consumer affairs programme. Click here to listen, from 18 mins 18 secs in. As you’ll hear, HMRC are starting to realise what a problem they’ve created.
If anything’s going to be done, we need to get this into the main news agenda. So how about offering some feedback to the BBC, to show this matters to you?
We’re getting some press now. Today The Oxford Mail ran the story. That’s Megan Kerr with me in the background doing ‘serious face’ – and you have no idea just how hard it is not to giggle when a photographer asks you to look ‘upset or cross or worried.’
The more clicks the better, to convince the Oxford papers that this is a story worth following up. That’ll encourage other papers, TV and radio, to take an interest.
Incidentally, Megan Kerr who’s featured with me, has put together a very useful mind-map of all the whole issue. If you know people who’ll find this an easier way to take all this on board, send them the link.
We’ve had over a thousand responses to that survey I mentioned yesterday, in the first six hours. The initial numbers bear out all our concerns. The more data the better, to strengthen our case, so if you’ve have had a chance, please try to find a couple of minutes to answer these quick and simple questions, anonymously. Remember, this is an international problem so spread the word to your contacts far and wide.
And don’t forget the international petition, to bring our concerns to Pierre Moscovici, the EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs.
You might also like to check out the new EU VAT Action website
And if you’ve got any ideas about other ways to boost the signal, please do share them in comments!